Opportunity. That’s the word that comes to mind when I think of how Inscribe Writers are a source of inspiration. I recall all the opportunities given to me by Inscribe.
The opportunity to discover
my tribe. Sheila Webster was the first Inscriber I met and it was a
Godwink moment. Monday October 26, 2015. That meeting changed my life. I took the picture because I understood the importance of this new beginning. The location was a Starbucks in North Edmonton on
127th Street and 136th Ave. It was a meeting that almost didn't happen.
Ruth Thorogood, the Executive Director of the Word Guild, Sarah Ball, the Alberta Representative of the Word Guild and Sheila with Inscribe Writers came together over tea, hot chocolate and some lattes. I was new to writing and suddenly I felt like I found my tribe.
Sheila worked with me to start an Inscribe writers group,
along with Charity Mongrain who serves on the Inscribe Executive. Sarah, and Ruth became friends and colleagues. I wrote an endorsement
for Sarah’s book, Fearless in 21 Days,
and Ruth wrote an endorsement for my book, You’re Going To Be OK.
Sheila would introduce me to Tracy Krauss and as they say, the rest is history.
The opportunity to write. There’s nothing like other writers acknowledging your writing to feel like you have something valuable to offer. In December 2017, Tracy’s invite to join this blog gave me the opportunity to read the writing of others as well as make my own contributions. And I learned that there were other male writers in this tribe, like Alan Anderson and Bruce Atchison. It's fulfilling reading and responding to each comment and posting my own comments on the other submissions.
In November 2015 I became a
member of Inscribe and started receiving the quarterly versions of
Fellowscript. The publication further enlarged my world, introducing me to
writers like Pamela Mytroen – “every story needs a little salt”. Fellowscript
offers very helpful skills to improve writing. When I was asked to write for
Fellowscript I felt like I became fully fledged. Validated.
On December 26, 2016 I connected with Sally Meadows and Ruth Snyder in regards to the Inscribe Christmas Anthology and a new opportunity for collaboration. Early in 2021 the Easter Anthology will be available.
The opportunity to share and learn skills. Being invited to present a seminar on blogging at the Inscribe Conference in 2018 in Wetaskawin, introduced me to the rest of the Inscribe family. It was there I met Pat Gerbrandt, Joylene Bailey, and Bobbi Junior.
On October 2, 2017 Bobbi was
the special guest at our writer’s monthly meeting. She shared her journey into
writing, her publishing experience and writing practices. Everybody fell in
love with her generosity, spirit and joy of being a Christian who is a writer. Following up, she resourced us with invites to enter writing contests.
In February 2020 Bobbi, Ruth and I were working to bring Jeff Goins to Edmonton for a writers’ workshop. Jeff is an inspiration and icon of writing to me. I was amped up at the opportunity to meet him and learn more from him. COVID ended that plan but not before I had an hour long personal phone call with Jeff in preparation for the workshop.
Losing the sight in my right eye this year paled in significance to losing Bobbi Junior on November 30th. When I read her writing, I can hear her voice. Perhaps that's what makes writers immortal. Their words - and voice - live on after they are gone.
Thank you Inscribe Writers. You inspire me.
Bob Jones is a recovering perfectionist who collects Coca-Cola memorabilia and drinks iced tea. My walls are adorned with our sons’ framed football jerseys, and my bookshelves, with soul food.
I write to grow hope, inspire people to be real, forge an authentic faith in Jesus, and discover their life purpose.